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Mechanical Engineer

What does a Mechanical Engineer do?

Mechanical engineering is perhaps the most diverse engineering discipline, incorporating the design, creation, and operation of machinery. Using specialist knowledge of mechanics, dynamics, structural analysis and electricity, Mechanical Engineers design and manufacture various mechanical systems. From improving the performance of cars, to working on the heating and cooling systems in aeroplanes, to creating robots that can perform human duties – Mechanical Engineers can work on a wide range of projects.

During your career in mechanical engineering, you could work for a variety of organisations, including those in the mining, aviation, energy, health care, or automotive industries.

Is a career as a Mechanical Engineer right for me?

If you’re interested in how things work and like to find efficiencies, you might like a career in mechanical engineering. Other skills and attributes beneficial for this role include:

  • good computer and technical knowledge 
  • an interest in design, maths and science
  • an analytical mind 
  • an interest in innovation and being hands-on
  • good problem-solving abilities
  • the ability to work autonomously and in a team.

How to become a Mechanical Engineer

Every journey to study is individual and there are several paths to reaching your career goals as a Mechanical Engineer. At UniSQ, we offer the following degrees in the area of mechanical engineering:
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Last updated August 2023.

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